Facts take a backseat to melodrama in story of history's silent observer.
'We have no tolerance for politics at the White House," Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) is warned his first day on the job as butler to the president. That kind of perverse logic forms part of the atmosphere in The Butler, Lee Daniels’s effective...
Local choir saves old soul in the simplest of ways.
Song for Marion is a little English film but a big package. Which is to say it has Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp in it. To cineastes of a certain age, these two are titans. They are both in their mid-70s. We do not see them that often in new...
Return to sender.
One scene from Gary Winick’s Letters to Juliet absolutely nails just how 'old-fashioned' this old-fashioned romance really wants to be. Returning from a dreamy stroll around a lush, autumnal New York, our heroine is stopped by her publishing...
Shakespeare adaptation successfully modernises the play.
The modern day setting that actor Ralph Fiennes has instigated for his directorial debut, an adaptation of the William Shakespeare tragedy Coriolanus, is no artistic conceit or minor distraction. Shooting in and around the still battered Serbian...
Emmerich takes on the Bard, as you like it!
For those film buffs who never expected to see Roland Emmerich associated with Shakespeare, let alone in a favourable light, here’s a major surprise: the director best known for a string of noisy, pyrotechnically-driven disaster movies has...